For many people, flying abroad for a holiday is not an option this year. Instead, Brits are looking for beauty spots on home soil to explore while creating amazing experiences that one would expect on a holiday abroad.
From stunning beaches, rural villages and stylish, luxurious accommodation, here is a selection of some of the best UK locations to explore on holiday this year.
Bask in the beauty of Bath, Somerset
Bath is an area well-known for its stunning and historic architecture, tourist attractions and must-see sights, there is no wonder why it is so popular. The city hosts a wide range of amazing experiences, with a choice of fine dining, local shows and local ales and cocktails to choose from – perfect if you want to research and plan the itinerary beforehand. For history lovers, visit one of Bath’s museums or art galleries followed by a visit to The Great Roman Baths that has stood for more than 2,000 years. For shops and foodie spots, Pulteney Bridge is one of only four buildings like it in the world, with restaurants, cafes and shops located throughout.
In addition to being a fantastic city location, Bath also offers the peace and quiet of a more rural holiday. Tourists and locals alike can enjoy walks around one of several stunning parks home to stunning green landscapes. Royal Victoria Park, Alexandra Park and Prior Park are perfect for family days out and a stroll whilst making the perfect scenic backdrops for photos.
Relax in the tranquil Lake District, Cumbria
The Lake District is known across the country for it rural paths and over 100 walking trails, with many avid walkers challenging themselves to some of the more advanced routes that pass through the green hills, across the cliffs and through endless countryside. Although there are many routes to choose from, the Lakes can also be enjoyed by bike or boat in Windermere for an equally active and adventurous holiday. For a calmer experience, visit the Lake District Wildlife Park or the award-winning Lakes Aquarium.
With accommodation located throughout the Lakes, choosing a place to stay will not affect your holiday plans, so you don’t have to travel too far from your base. To add extra luxury to your stay, Lake District cottages with hot tubs are great to choose if you are looking to pamper yourself and indulge with a hot tub located within your property – perfect for couples looking for a peaceful retreat after an active day. There are properties throughout the Lakes for all size parties, ages and needs, with period cottages, luxury properties and apartments to choose from.
Soak in the sea on the coast in Cornwall
The coastal town of Cornwall is an area of natural beauty and miles of beaches, making it easy to mistake it for a holiday abroad in the warmer months. Unsurprisingly, Cornwall is brilliant for water sports (such as coasteering and surf school), long beach days and coastal paths to explore, along with local foodie spots in the town centre that features freshly caught fish and local breweries.
The miles of pure, blue sea are the main attraction to this location; however, many tourists like to enjoy the local history in between checking out the local beaches. The cliff facing Minack Theatre is a key spot for shows and concerts, while Pendennis Castle is great for history lovers to explore and expand local knowledge.
Blossom in the rich landscape at the Brecon Beacons, Wales
The Brecon Beacons is an unspoilt National Park with over 1,200 miles of public rights of way that is enjoyed by families and couples alike. Many visitors return due to the immense and picturesque mountains and walking trails, with seasonal shows and events occurring here throughout the year.
This region is primarily loved by active folks and nature lovers, with an array of activities from paddle boarding and caving to foraging just to name a few. After a long day of sporting activities, enjoy local produce and independent pubs with live music entertainment, or catch the Summer Food Festival, cute cafes, or gourmet restaurants with regional flavours.
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